Lt. James Meek inspects the county pump house hit by a driver Friday afternoon as she abruptly tried to turn near WAIF Animal Shelter. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Car strikes pump house near WAIF

A young woman hit a stop sign, a campground sign and a county well pump house near WAIF Animal Shelter Friday afternoon. The damage to the pump house left one private residence and three spigots at Rhododendron campground without water, according to county officials. The campground sign hit and dented the Volkswagen Beetle windshield, but the driver was uninjured.

The woman reportedly saw the sign for the shelter at the last minute and tried to make the turn off Highway 20 abruptly, said Andrew Kinkade, from Washington State Patrol. Her vehicle also hit a power pole and meter owned by Puget Sound Energy, but the damaged to it had yet to be assessed.

Jan vanMuyden, county parks superintendent, said he was going to put up a sign to inform people there isn’t water at the campground. VanMuyden and Steve Marx, assistant public works director, also were in the process of finding the resident served by the pump house to inform him about the situation Friday afternoon shortly after the incident.

By around 1:40 p.m. a worker from King Water had arrived, but no repairs could be made until the car was towed out of the building.

Marx said he was still unsure as how the county would proceed with paying for the repairs.

A driver hit a county-owned well pump house Friday afternoon leaving a private residence and the campground at Rhododendron County Park without water. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

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